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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The Moravian Church will host a synodical conference for the Eastern District at Moravian College from June 16-19, 2004. A synod is an assembly of church delegates, including clergy and lay people, who are called together every four years for discussion, decision, and policy-making regarding church matters.
This year’s synod, themed “Our All to Give, Our Faith to Live,” will include times of worship, plenary sessions, committee meetings, and fellowship. There will also be on-site displays of various Moravian organizations for the sharing of information and ministry ideas.
Approximately 220 delegates, pastors and members elected by their congregations, from Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada will be attending the event.
The Moravian Church was founded in Germany more than 500 years ago and at that time was officially called the Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of the Brethren, which remains the church's official name today. The Moravian Church is one of the oldest Protestant denominations dating back to 1457 in Europe and first coming to America in 1735. Moravians have a strong tradition of ecumenical work and are best known for their missionary work and rich musical heritage. The Moravian Church in North America is comprised of the Northern and Southern Provinces. The Northern Province has approximately 28,000 members in 102 congregations in 13 states in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces. The Southern Province includes nearly 20,000 members in 58 congregations, which are located primarily throughout the Southeast. Moravians now number more than 789,000 worldwide and are spread across five continents and more than 20 jurisdictional provinces.
All delegates and guests will participate in a special worship service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, to conclude the conference. The service will include the installation of the newly elected Eastern District Executive Board as well as Holy Communion. Weather permitting, the service will be held outside of Reeves Library on the Moravian campus. In case of inclement weather, the worship service will be held at College Hill Moravian Church, 72 West Laurel St.
For more information contact Deanna Hollenbach Director of Communication, Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America at 610.867.0593 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org